verb (used with object), poised, pois·ing.
verb (used without object), poised, pois·ing.
- poiret, paul,
- poiseuille's law,
- poiseuille's space,
Origin of poise1
Origin of poise2
Examples from the Web for poise
Endowing the feverish, PR-patrolled world of presidential politics with thoughtfulness and poise—now that would be radical.Inside The Secret World of London’s National Gallery|Tim Teeman|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This was the world of Gustave H. our narrator assumes, one of refinement, poise, and impeccable service.
She's handled her transition from reality TV star to the real world with grace and poise.From ‘The Hills’ to Over the Hill: Lauren Conrad’s Premature Aging|Anna Klassen|September 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Murdoch praised the courage and poise of a young policewoman who arrived first on the scene with a male colleague.
She is timeless, her combination of poise, kindness, and intelligence are matchless.
This time he did not regain his poise, but with a movement that seemed half a leap, half a fall, launched himself into mid-air.Hour of Enchantment|Roy J. Snell
She had chameleon hair, and her poise was that of a soubrette.The Imitator|Percival Pollard
Against the dim interior her head, with its nimbus of hair, had the droop and poise of the head of a medival saint.Phases of an Inferior Planet|Ellen Glasgow
The man liked what he saw; he liked not so much the beauty of her, as the strength and poise that lay in her face.The Sea Bride|Ben Ames Williams
For the man who has no poise there is no snatching victory from defeat.Poise: How to Attain It|D. Starke
Word Origin for poise
Word Origin for poise
early 15c., "weight, quality of being heavy," later "significance, importance" (mid-15c.), from Old French pois "weight, balance, consideration" (12c., Modern French poids), from Medieval Latin pesum "weight," from Latin pensum "something weighted or weighed," (source of Provençal and Catalan pes, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian peso), noun use of neuter past participle of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant).
The sense of "steadiness, composure" first recorded 1640s, from notion of being equally weighted on either side (1550s). Meaning "balance" is from 1711; meaning "way in which the body is carried" is from 1770.
late 14c., "to have a certain weight," from stressed form of Old French peser "to weigh, be heavy; weigh down, be a burden; worry, be a concern," from Vulgar Latin *pesare, from Latin pensare "to weigh carefully, weigh out, counter-balance," frequentative of pendere (past participle pensus) "to weigh" (see pendant). For form evolution from Latin to French, see OED. Meaning "to place in equilibrium" is from 1630s (cf. equipoise). Passive sense of "to be ready" (to do something) is from 1932. Related: Poised; poising. In 15c. a poiser was an official who weighed goods.